During the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in Minneapolis last weekend I decided to take a break and visit East Lake Street.
That’s the heart of the city’s Mexican and Somali immigrant communities. I had tacos at Taqueria Los Ocampo then strolled down East Lake and discovered scenes one might find in East Los Angeles, Houston’s Northside or Albuquerque’s South Valley.
The murals were a reflection of a people who came north…way north.
Hooray! We found a new video upload from the same white winger who gleefully shared the dancing Raza 1 Racists 0 video.
This new upload features the irony-impaired videographer and his know-nothing posse out on the streets waving American flags and ranting about “illegals.” Then two different guys drive by and stop their trucks, get out, and confront the H8RZ. [Adult language, F-bomb.][Mas…]
He was only 19 when he died in 1918, a kid who would become America’s first Latino Medal of Honor Recipient. His posthumous Medal of Honor for heroism came in 1919, but his acknowledgement as a Latino had to wait until 1989. Wikipedia explains: David Bennes Barkley was born March 31, 1899 in Laredo in […]
Who are we? In my journey as a community activist and Chicano advocate, I’ve experienced many fascinating elements that have inspired me but also scarred me to my very soul. I have fought the Chicano politician who capitulated in the selling out of his community, broke bread with the “Old Man” whom lent the little […]
Here is a listicle partially inspired by a mas longer listicle on BuzzFeed, because they are the listicle professionals, tu sabes. ¡Mira! The Pocho Ocho signs you grew up in a Mexican household/family: 8. Virgen de Guadalupe veladoras. 7. Your first introduction to dramatic acting was a telenovela. 6. You always wondered why gringos celebrated […]
Fox has just announced the pickup of a new animated TV show called Bordertown, debuting in 2014. It was created by the showrunner of Family Guy, Mark Hentemann. I was offered a gig writing and consulting on the show, and I happily accepted. This will be the first animated prime time network TV show with […]
(PNS reporting from SAN ANTONIO) All across America, elementary school teachers performed a traditional back-to-school ritual this week — the ceremonial renaming of thousands of boys named “José.” The annual ritual is performed when teachers take roll in the morning: First, teachers call the boys named “José” by new “American” names, typically “Joe,” “Joey,” or […]
An Open Letter to the Denver Public Library Commission: I am writing in response to the so-called “ire” that was reported in the Denver Post regarding the new West Denver library being named after Rodolfo Corky Gonzales. I am an author/publisher and a Denver native. I am also Chicano. My roots in Denver run deep […]
Interoffice Memo To: Samantha From: Tomi Date: July 12, 2011 Subject: Guess what? Scott, the new associate, just offered me the executive assistant job. He says we could do a three-month trial. He’s offering $45,000 a year. What do you think? Tomi P.S. Yo mama is so ugly she makes onions cry.